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04-14-2011, 08:53 AM #1
Schalke oust Inter to enter CL semisSchalke completed a surprising rout of title holder Inter Milan, winning 2-1 on Wednesday to reach its first Champions League semifinal.
Schalke advanced 7-3 on aggregate and will play Manchester United in the semifinals, with the first leg at home on April 26.
With Schalke holding a massive advantage following its 5-2 trouncing of Inter in Milan last week, Raul Gonzalez all but sealed the club’s passage into the semis when he scored in the 44th minute. Thiago Motta equalized for Inter in the 49th, but Benedikt Hoewedes scored the winner in the 81st for the surprising German side.
Inter had most of the possession and seven corners but could not translate the momentum into more chances or goals in the first half.
Schalke was happy to sit back and wait for Inter’s mistakes and it was just such a situation that led to the first goal. Jose Manuel Jurado slipped the ball through a huge opening in Inter’s defense and Raul easily rounded Julio Cesar to slot home, raising his Champions League record tally to 71 goals.
Coach Leonardo inserted striker Goran Pandev for Dejan Stankovic at the start of the second half and Inter replied four minutes later, after another corner. Lucio headed down the ball to the far post and Thiago Motta slotted it home....being a human...